The Truth About Cars » 3WTP http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 What’s Wrong With This Picture: Where’s The Tailpipe? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-wheres-the-tailpipe-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-wheres-the-tailpipe-edition/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 19:42:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445591 I should go on vacation more often. No, really. Last time I took some time off, I accidentally caught a parade of BMW prototypes descending the Sellajoch in Italy’s Dolomite Alps. Then, just weeks ago when I was in Los Angeles with Bertel, I was driving along towards Venice when I caught a glimpse of […]

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I should go on vacation more often. No, really. Last time I took some time off, I accidentally caught a parade of BMW prototypes descending the Sellajoch in Italy’s Dolomite Alps. Then, just weeks ago when I was in Los Angeles with Bertel, I was driving along towards Venice when I caught a glimpse of […]

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Weekend Weird Crush: “The Small God For The Big Future” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:36:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424799 Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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NAIAS Preview: Ford Serves Up Some Global Fusion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-new-ford-fusion-global/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-new-ford-fusion-global/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 18:50:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424773 Ever since the ill-fated Contour experiment, Ford has maintained a strict separation in its global midsized offerings: Fusion for the Americas and Mondeo for Europe (let’s ignore, for the moment, Australia’s Falcon as the doomed atavism it is). But under the global “One Ford” strategy, a fusion (ahem) of The Blue Oval’s midsized offerings was […]

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Ever since the ill-fated Contour experiment, Ford has maintained a strict separation in its global midsized offerings: Fusion for the Americas and Mondeo for Europe (let’s ignore, for the moment, Australia’s Falcon as the doomed atavism it is). But under the global “One Ford” strategy, a fusion (ahem) of The Blue Oval’s midsized offerings was […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: I Believe I Asked For A Small Mokka Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:22:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423282 Editor’s Note: The image above is from Autobild (and is posted elsewhere in the German media), and is not labeled as a rendering, a spy shot or an official image. An anonymous tipster who has seen the upcoming Buick “Encore” (which GM has shown to select fans and journos under embargo for years now) says […]

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Editor’s Note: The image above is from Autobild (and is posted elsewhere in the German media), and is not labeled as a rendering, a spy shot or an official image. An anonymous tipster who has seen the upcoming Buick “Encore” (which GM has shown to select fans and journos under embargo for years now) says […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: A Mini’s Progress Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-minis-progress-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-minis-progress-edition/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:05:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422923 My two weeks in Europe has drawn to a close, and I’m back at my familiar desk, in front of my familiar computer, catching up on all the automotive happenings I missed, contemplating my transition out of TTAC’s day-to-day leadership, and reflecting on all I saw over my whirlwind two weeks. And though you haven’t […]

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My two weeks in Europe has drawn to a close, and I’m back at my familiar desk, in front of my familiar computer, catching up on all the automotive happenings I missed, contemplating my transition out of TTAC’s day-to-day leadership, and reflecting on all I saw over my whirlwind two weeks. And though you haven’t […]

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Scion FR-S: How To Say “Hachi-Roku” In American http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:13:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420958 TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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Volkswagen Crosses Its Tiguan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-crosses-its-tiguan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-crosses-its-tiguan/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:15:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420788 If there’s a word to describe VW’s future plans in the US, it’s “big.” There is still no specific plan to bring subcompact Polos to the US, and likely only an EV version of the new Up! city car. Even Audi is shying away from bringing more small products to the US, nixing the A1 […]

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If there’s a word to describe VW’s future plans in the US, it’s “big.” There is still no specific plan to bring subcompact Polos to the US, and likely only an EV version of the new Up! city car. Even Audi is shying away from bringing more small products to the US, nixing the A1 […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture? Famous Car Intellectual Property Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-famous-car-intellectual-property-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-famous-car-intellectual-property-edition/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:30:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420411 Blue car but no blue oval. Wintertime is coming, mama, the windows are filled with frost. So I went over to the nearby strip mall to get some thermal underwear. That doesn’t rhyme even half as well as Dylan’s most forced rhymes, but it’s really what happened. There’s a C.W. Price store in the mall. […]

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Blue car but no blue oval. Wintertime is coming, mama, the windows are filled with frost. So I went over to the nearby strip mall to get some thermal underwear. That doesn’t rhyme even half as well as Dylan’s most forced rhymes, but it’s really what happened. There’s a C.W. Price store in the mall. […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Ultimate Driving… Van? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-ultimate-driving-van-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-ultimate-driving-van-edition/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:23:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420104 Which European automaker is working on this compact, front-drive MPV? It might look like a VW or Opel, but in fact it’s coming from the Roundel itself. BMW will release this five-seat, start-stop-equipped van sometime in 2014, giving its Euro-market customers an alternative to Mercedes’s B-Class van. But because this is still a BMW, a […]

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Which European automaker is working on this compact, front-drive MPV? It might look like a VW or Opel, but in fact it’s coming from the Roundel itself. BMW will release this five-seat, start-stop-equipped van sometime in 2014, giving its Euro-market customers an alternative to Mercedes’s B-Class van. But because this is still a BMW, a […]

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Give Thanks For Jag’s New XF Sportbrake http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/give-thanks-for-jags-new-sportbrake/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/give-thanks-for-jags-new-sportbrake/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:37:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419772 With luxury brands from Bentley to Maserati building “on-road SUVs” in search of ever-greater profits, Jaguar’s decision to build a traditional station wagon is something of a Connolly leather glove’d slap in the face of the luxury game. That’s right, this isn’t some wobbly, lozenge-shaped crossover, or some garish, blinged-out SUV; it’s just a clean, […]

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With luxury brands from Bentley to Maserati building “on-road SUVs” in search of ever-greater profits, Jaguar’s decision to build a traditional station wagon is something of a Connolly leather glove’d slap in the face of the luxury game. That’s right, this isn’t some wobbly, lozenge-shaped crossover, or some garish, blinged-out SUV; it’s just a clean, […]

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LA Auto Show: Live From Lincoln’s New Nose http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-live-from-lincolns-new-nose/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-live-from-lincolns-new-nose/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:11:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419035 Lincoln’s updated look doesn’t seem to have won over too many of the skeptics, but before you make up your mind entirely, do check out these live shots from the LA Auto Show floor. Our man on the ground, Alex Dykes, notes The interior refinements are welcome, especially as Cadillac has made some improvements to […]

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Lincoln’s updated look doesn’t seem to have won over too many of the skeptics, but before you make up your mind entirely, do check out these live shots from the LA Auto Show floor. Our man on the ground, Alex Dykes, notes The interior refinements are welcome, especially as Cadillac has made some improvements to […]

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LA Auto Show: Coda Electric Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-coda-electric-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-coda-electric-sedan/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:07:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419007 So you want to go green. The problem is a Prius isn’t green enough for you, what’s a green shopper to do? Go all in with all-electric. So far we have the Leaf and the newly announced Focus Electric both with ranges under 100 miles and charge times that can get a little long even […]

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So you want to go green. The problem is a Prius isn’t green enough for you, what’s a green shopper to do? Go all in with all-electric. So far we have the Leaf and the newly announced Focus Electric both with ranges under 100 miles and charge times that can get a little long even […]

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Volkswagen Goes Postal, Develops The Electric “Fridolin” Of The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-goes-postal-develops-the-electric-fridolin-of-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volkswagen-goes-postal-develops-the-electric-fridolin-of-the-future/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:28:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419184 Are you familiar with the Fridolin? If so, hit the jump. If not, here’s the brief version of its history. Unhappy with its adorable but inadequate, two-cylinder Goggomobil Transporters, the German Postal Service approached Volkswagen and Westfalia in the early 60s, looking for a new interpretation of what it was looking for, namely “arbeitspsychologisch optimaler Ausstattung zu […]

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Are you familiar with the Fridolin? If so, hit the jump. If not, here’s the brief version of its history. Unhappy with its adorable but inadequate, two-cylinder Goggomobil Transporters, the German Postal Service approached Volkswagen and Westfalia in the early 60s, looking for a new interpretation of what it was looking for, namely “arbeitspsychologisch optimaler Ausstattung zu […]

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Mastretta MXT: Neither Lazy, Feckless Nor Flatulent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:36:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419062 The Mastretta MXT is not very well-known outside of Top Gear buffs who recall Jeremy Clarkson giving the MXT an incredibly hard time for its Mexican heritage. Of course we all know Jeremy is a shock jock more than a motor head these days, so his opinion aside the MXT slots in right behind the Doking as one the more […]

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The Mastretta MXT is not very well-known outside of Top Gear buffs who recall Jeremy Clarkson giving the MXT an incredibly hard time for its Mexican heritage. Of course we all know Jeremy is a shock jock more than a motor head these days, so his opinion aside the MXT slots in right behind the Doking as one the more […]

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LA Auto Show: Volvo’s New Dash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-volvos-new-dash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-volvos-new-dash/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:48:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419082 Volvo has been very quiet about new products since Ford sold the only Swedish car maker still afloat. With little fanfare Volvo has updated the S80 and XC70’s interior with a new dash and new infotainment system and this is the first time TTAC has seen them in person. The 7-inch color screen is the same as […]

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Volvo has been very quiet about new products since Ford sold the only Swedish car maker still afloat. With little fanfare Volvo has updated the S80 and XC70’s interior with a new dash and new infotainment system and this is the first time TTAC has seen them in person. The 7-inch color screen is the same as […]

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Infiniti JX: Three Rows, But Only Six Cylinders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/infiniti-jx-three-rows-but-only-six-cylinders/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/infiniti-jx-three-rows-but-only-six-cylinders/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:30:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418688 When Infiniti said they were coming out with a new 7-passenger crossover, I, like the rest of the world, was expecting a stretched FX CUV with a V8 option, RWD and optional AWD. While the exterior was first shown off at Pebble Beach, the interior and drivetrain were merely well placed rumors. While Infiniti’s 3.5L […]

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When Infiniti said they were coming out with a new 7-passenger crossover, I, like the rest of the world, was expecting a stretched FX CUV with a V8 option, RWD and optional AWD. While the exterior was first shown off at Pebble Beach, the interior and drivetrain were merely well placed rumors. While Infiniti’s 3.5L […]

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LA Auto Show: Bentley Meets Its Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-bentley-meets-its-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-bentley-meets-its-market/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:16:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418761 If you’re ever in the mood to become disenchanted with some of the world’s most desireable automobiles, spend a little time in the Los Angeles area. In fact, Bentley’s Continental GT is a prime example of The City of Angels’ uncanny ability to make expensive, exclusive cars seem downright common. It’s not unlike seeing helmetless […]

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If you’re ever in the mood to become disenchanted with some of the world’s most desireable automobiles, spend a little time in the Los Angeles area. In fact, Bentley’s Continental GT is a prime example of The City of Angels’ uncanny ability to make expensive, exclusive cars seem downright common. It’s not unlike seeing helmetless […]

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What The Foxtrot Is a Doking? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/what-the-foxtrot-is-a-doking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/what-the-foxtrot-is-a-doking/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:53:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418809 Our LA Auto Show correspondents filed very little information on this bizarre little car, beyond noting that it is Made in Croatia, no comment on plans to make available for sale in the US. But a little research reveals that it is an EV prototype from the automotive branch of a Croatian unmanned vehicle manufacturing […]

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Our LA Auto Show correspondents filed very little information on this bizarre little car, beyond noting that it is Made in Croatia, no comment on plans to make available for sale in the US. But a little research reveals that it is an EV prototype from the automotive branch of a Croatian unmanned vehicle manufacturing […]

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Chevy: Sparks Fly In Los Angeles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chevy-sparks-fly-in-los-angeles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chevy-sparks-fly-in-los-angeles/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:51:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418828 Way cuter than the Chevy Cruze, the new (for America) Spark might just prove that Chevy can do more than muscle cars and trucks. As confusing as the name seems to be for many, the Spark has nothing to do with the Volt, and at the moment it is not an electric car (there is […]

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Way cuter than the Chevy Cruze, the new (for America) Spark might just prove that Chevy can do more than muscle cars and trucks. As confusing as the name seems to be for many, the Spark has nothing to do with the Volt, and at the moment it is not an electric car (there is […]

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Honda Launches Fit EV, But Civic GX Takes Green Car Prize http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/honda-launches-fit-ev-but-civic-gx-takes-green-car-prize/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/honda-launches-fit-ev-but-civic-gx-takes-green-car-prize/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:59:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418709 Between the tsunamis, floods, and poorly-received Civic, Honda has had  a rough 2011. But the brand is hoping to put all that behind it by emphasizing its environmentally-friendly product portfolio, announcing a Fit EV which will be made available in California, Oregon and six east coast markets next summer. Unlike Nissan, however, Honda isn’t actually […]

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Between the tsunamis, floods, and poorly-received Civic, Honda has had  a rough 2011. But the brand is hoping to put all that behind it by emphasizing its environmentally-friendly product portfolio, announcing a Fit EV which will be made available in California, Oregon and six east coast markets next summer. Unlike Nissan, however, Honda isn’t actually […]

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LA Auto Show: Jaguar and Land Rover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/jaguar-and-land-rover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/jaguar-and-land-rover/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418595 Jaguar-Land Rover’s only all-new debut at the LA show is the mad XKR-S Convertible, which it says will be its fastest, most rigid convertible ever. And with its five-liter supercharged V8 making 550 HP, that may be an understatement: the XKR-S may be one of the fastest convertibles ever… at least it would be if […]

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Jaguar-Land Rover’s only all-new debut at the LA show is the mad XKR-S Convertible, which it says will be its fastest, most rigid convertible ever. And with its five-liter supercharged V8 making 550 HP, that may be an understatement: the XKR-S may be one of the fastest convertibles ever… at least it would be if […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Lord Love A Lincoln Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-lord-love-a-lincoln-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-lord-love-a-lincoln-edition/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:17:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418907 What can you even say about Lincoln at this point? The brand talks up its new design studio, and then releases a “spot the changes” facelift. Critics bash the brand’s waterfall grille as “cetacean,” so for the facelift Lincoln goes and makes it look even more like baleen. Lincolns have little identity beyond Fords loaded up with there-for-the-sake-of-it […]

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What can you even say about Lincoln at this point? The brand talks up its new design studio, and then releases a “spot the changes” facelift. Critics bash the brand’s waterfall grille as “cetacean,” so for the facelift Lincoln goes and makes it look even more like baleen. Lincolns have little identity beyond Fords loaded up with there-for-the-sake-of-it […]

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Mazda CX-5: Mazda’s New Look Hits The Streets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mazda-cx-5-mazdas-new-look-hits-the-streets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mazda-cx-5-mazdas-new-look-hits-the-streets/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:20:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418460 As a small, independent, enthusiast-oriented automaker, Mazda is constantly in a fight for its life, and with its profits eaten away by a rising yen, this is more true than ever. And though Mazdas tend to consistently receive critical praise for their handling characteristics, styling has long been something of a sticking point for the […]

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As a small, independent, enthusiast-oriented automaker, Mazda is constantly in a fight for its life, and with its profits eaten away by a rising yen, this is more true than ever. And though Mazdas tend to consistently receive critical praise for their handling characteristics, styling has long been something of a sticking point for the […]

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2013 Hyundai Azera: Look Out LaCrosse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/2013-hyundai-azera-look-out-lacrosse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/2013-hyundai-azera-look-out-lacrosse/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:21:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418548 Hyundai has been doing a lot of things right lately, but one thing they can’t do is keep a secret. TTAC showed you this car, known as the Grandeur in Korea, a year ago, warning “Buick beware.” Now that it’s arrived stateside, the threat is real and Azera is no longer the red-headed stepchild of […]

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Hyundai has been doing a lot of things right lately, but one thing they can’t do is keep a secret. TTAC showed you this car, known as the Grandeur in Korea, a year ago, warning “Buick beware.” Now that it’s arrived stateside, the threat is real and Azera is no longer the red-headed stepchild of […]

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Cadillac XTS Debuts, Doesn’t “Blow The Doors Off” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cadillac-xts-debuts-doesnt-blow-the-doors-off/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cadillac-xts-debuts-doesnt-blow-the-doors-off/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:45:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418488 Throughout its history, Cadillac has fed the press some glorious concept cars dripping with opulence, snazzy features and WTF styling. This works when production cars live up to the concept’s hype, but a history of histrionics is less helpful when you’re launching a car that somehow defies hype  altogether [Ed: see AutoWeek’s headline: “Cadillac aims its flagship XTS […]

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Throughout its history, Cadillac has fed the press some glorious concept cars dripping with opulence, snazzy features and WTF styling. This works when production cars live up to the concept’s hype, but a history of histrionics is less helpful when you’re launching a car that somehow defies hype  altogether [Ed: see AutoWeek’s headline: “Cadillac aims its flagship XTS […]

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